Weightmans” />A seven-strong team is to leave Weightmans for DWF, joining ;six ;insurance partners who last month decided to make an identical move.
Five associates, a consultant and an executive from the public sector and insurance teams are to leave the firm’s London office within the next three months.
Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul said: “We’re disappointed with this development given our recent investment in London and there’s no denying that this is a setback and will come at a cost. But we anticipated that there would be ;further ;departures following the [six] partners. It would have been naive to think otherwise, so we’ve been working to bring people into the office, through internal transfers and lateral hires, and we’ve made considerable progress on both fronts.”
Weightmans will be making ;five ;internal transfers to London before the departures take place. Three of these will be from its Liverpool office, while the remaining two will be from Birmingham.
Gaul added: “We’ll be announcing at least one lateral hire shortly. We estimate that we’ll have 12 new people in place by the end of this financial year.”
Last month TheLawyer.com ;(22 ;September) reported that six insurance partners, including London office head Mark Whittaker, would be leaving for DWF’s new London office.
The other partners are Innes Ebert, Perry Hill, Seema Jobanputra, Dan Mitchell and Carys Oatham, all of whom specialise in defendant personal injury and property recovery work.
DWF ;declined ;to comment.